3rd Degree

Detective Lindsay Boxer is jogging along a beautiful San Francisco street when a fiery explosion rips through the neighborhood.  A townhouse owned by an Internet millionaire is immediately engulfed in flames, and when Lindsay plunges inside to search for survivors, she finds three people dead.  An infant who lived in the house cannot be found – and a mysterious message at the scene leaves Lindsay and the San Francisco Police Department completely baffled.

Then a prominent businessman is found murdered under bizarre circumstances, with another mysterious message left behind by the killer.  Lindsay asks her friends Claire Washburn of the medical examiner’s office, Assistant D.A. Jill Bernhardt, and Chronicle reporter Cindy Thomas to help her figure out who is committing these murders – and why they are intent on killing someone every three days.

Even more terrifying, the killer has targeted one of the four friends who call themselves the Women’s Murder Club.

While the investigation rages furiously, Lindsay works very closely with a federal officer assigned to the case.  At the same time, she learns that one member of the Women’s Murder Club is hiding a secret so dangerous and unbelievable that it could destroy them all.

This was amazing. It was so realistic. Even though it was written awhile ago – 2004 to be specific, the plot is reminiscent of things going on in the world today. That made it even more interesting.

The pace was really fast – both in plot and structure.  111 chapters in 341 pages.  It was a really hard to put down page-turner.

It’s part of a series, but it works as a standalone as well.  It doesn’t heavily rely on the other books.  That’s the nice part – the reader won’t be lost because they haven’t read the others.

As with any thriller, it had lots of never-saw-it-coming plot twists.  They’re what made it a really good read.

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